Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Environmental Quality
Air Pollution Control Board
Regulation for Emissions Trading [9 VAC 5 ‑ 140]
Action Repeal CO 2 Budget Trading Program as required by Executive Order 9 (Revision A22)
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 3/31/2023
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3/31/23  6:24 pm
Commenter: William Dunn

Virginia Should Withdraw From the RGGI

Unlike many of the comments on here, I have chosen to write my own remarks instead of copying and pasting a lobbyist-provided blurb.


As far as I can tell, the RGGI has only resulted in higher energy prices in an already tight economic situation.  Even if one considers a transition to renewable power to be a priority, the infrastructure simply does not exist in many places for elements of such a transition to work (e.g. many hotels and restaurants lack charging stations for EVs, and those that have them don't have enough of them, and permitting processes for "green" electric production can be fraught).  Virginia should pull out of the RGGI even if there is a desire to pursue related policy objectives.  At a bare minimum, power companies should not be penalized for "dirty" power generation unless they are going to be permitted to expand other methods of power generation, sufficient to meet demand, without government objections.  Simply yelling at people to cut back on their A/C usage in the summer is a dog that won't hunt.

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